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Sep/03

Owners of Dewey Decimal System Sues Library Hotel Over Trademark


AP reports that the owner of the Dewey Decimal Classification System has sued the Library Hotel (a hotel overlooking New York’s Public Library) over its use of the Dewey Decimal System to number its hotel rooms (for example Room 700.003 has books on the performing arts), arguing that the use of the system falsely suggests that the hotel is connected with the owners of the system.

This is a real story, not one that I got from The Onion or The Borowitz Report.

The System was invented by Dewey in 1873 but before you say Dastar, we are told that the system is constantly updated.  To the best of my knowledge there is no owner of the Liannean Classification system, and therefore someone could open the Zoo Hotel and name the rooms after animals.